Typical A-level offer
BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography
Aberystwyth University’s Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is one of the most established and experienced department of its kind. Aberystwyth University offers you the unique opportunity to study geography in one of the most picturesque locations in Europe and at the same time enhance your employability with our integrated year in industry programme. Set on the coast of Cardigan Bay and surrounded by a great diversity of beautiful environments, including marine, moorland, mountain and grassland, the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences is uniquely placed to make the most of the stunning landscapes that surround it, and provide you with a fabulous variety of fieldwork and recreational opportunities. This degree accredited by the Royal Geographical Society with IBG will equip you with the skills, abilities and expertise to face and engage with the challenges facing society today.
Best in Wales and one of the top 20 in the UK for the subject area of Geography and Environment Science (The Good University Guide 2018, The Times & Sunday Times).
Department of Geography and Earth Sciences: 90% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)
95% of our graduates were in work or further study within 6 months, 3% more than Physical Science graduates nationally, (HESA 2017)
Why study Human Geography at Aberystwyth University?
- This programme has been accredited by the Royal Geographical Society (with IBG).
As a large dynamic Geography community we are able to offer you an extremely broad range of geographical specialisms, opportunities and facilities:
- Current trends in Geohazards;
- Urban sustainability;
- Regional Development;
- Political and Cultural geography;
- Fieldwork opportunities in New York, Ireland and Wales;
- Travel awards available each year to fund your own adventures (up to £400);
- Modern teaching facilities with the latest technology to enhance learning.
Department of Geography and Earth Science: lecturers are all qualified to PhD level or working towards a PhD.
Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.
- Conflict and Change: the making of urban and rural spaces *
- Living with Global Change *
- Power, Place, Identity and Politics
- Researching the World: data collection and analysis
- Behind the Headlines *
- Conquest, Union and Identity in Wales 1250-1800 *
- Earth Surface Environments *
- Economic Policy
- Introduction to European Film
- Language, Culture, and Identity in Europe
- The Atmosphere and the Water Cycle
- The Making of the Modern World: War Peace and Revolution since 1789 *
- Tourism Principles and Impacts
- Climate Change: Impacts, Perceptions, Adaptations *
- Contemporary Case Studies in Tourism
- Global Ecology and Soil Systems
- Modernity and the Making of Asia
- The Tourism System
- War, Strategy and Intelligence *
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
- Analysis and Presentation of Geographical Data
- Concepts for Geographers
- Geography Fieldwork *
- Level 2 Geography Tutorial *
- Researching People and Place
- Contemporary Debates in the Social Sciences
- Geographical Perspectives on the Sustainable Society
- Placing Culture *
- Placing Politics *
- Sedimentary Environments
- The Welsh Environment
* Also available partially or entirely through the medium of Welsh
Employability is embedded within all courses provided by us. Our degrees provide a solid foundation for a vast array of careers across a range of sectors. In a rapidly shifting global economy, our graduates are adaptable and able to draw on a range of transferable skills, ensuring that they are always in demand. The year spent in industry as part of this degree will, however, provide you with specific skills and experiences that will be directly relevant to particular career paths.
The skill sets include:
- Enhanced mathematical and computational skills;
- Effective problem solving and creative thinking skills;
- Information technology skills;
- Ability to work independently and as part of a team;
- Time-management and organisational skills;
- Communication skills both written and oral;
- Self-motivation and self-reliance.
What can I do with a degree in Human Geography?
Our graduates have, found employment as environmental consultants, planners, civil servants, surveyors, and in education to name a few.
If you are interested in taking part in a study exchange programme, then perhaps our sister course (L704) maybe for you.
DGES has also established Erasmus Exchange Programmes with the University of Bergen, the University of Oulu, Finland, and the University Centre in Svalbard, giving students the unique experience of studying in one of the world’s most extreme environments. We also have strong links with a number of universities in North America, where students can complete their second year of study. In recent years, our Exchange Co-ordinator has overseen placements at Purdue University (Indiana), the University of Alabama, the University of Georgia, the University of Montana and the University of Ottawa in Canada.
Teaching & Learning
What will I learn?
The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.
In your first year you will be introduced to:
- Key concepts in geographical study;
- Issues and techniques in the collection, analysis and presentation of geographical data;
- Climate change;
- Economic development;
In your second year you will:
- Develop your computer research skills in preparation for your independent research project;
- You will learn how to analyse quantitative and qualitative and qualitative data sets;
- Produce maps and other graphical representations of geographical data;
- Participate in a residential field trip overseas;
- Choose optional modules to specialise or simply maintain a broad interest across Geography.
In your third year you will embark on your Integrated Year in Industry.
In your final year:
- You will undertake an independent research project involving collection, analysis and interpretation of your own data;
- You will be allocated your own advisor who will provide expert guidance;
- Choose optional modules on a diverse range of specialist topics.
How will I be taught?
Our courses are taught through lectures, seminars, computer practical classes, small group tutorials, field courses, and individual supervision of project work.
How will I be assessed?
We assess our students through a different range of methods. Some modules are assessed in part through traditional exams, but many have elements of coursework. We also have some modules that may require the student to produce practical reports, oral presentations, the design of web pages, production of short films, or contribution to online discussion forums. Some modules, notably the tutorials and field courses are assessed entirely through coursework.
Typical Entry Requirements
A Levels BBB with B in Geography, ABB without Geography
GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh
BTEC National Diploma:
DMM-DDM with specified subject
28 points overall with 5 points in Geography at Higher Level
65-75% overall with 70% in specified subject
Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact email@example.com